UV System Maintenance

VIQUA UV systems are relatively simple to maintain. Follow these basic steps to ensure optimal performance of the UV system.

Two Components: Lamp and Quartz Sleeve

Only two system components require replacement or cleaning on a regular basis: the lamp and quartz sleeve. Depending on how often the system is used (for example, if the system is not used continuously throughout the year because it’s in a seasonal home), maintenance may be performed less frequently.

The UV Lamp

If the UV system is in continuous use, the UV lamp should be changed every year. Due to the nature of UV lamps, over time, the production of UV-C drops off. While the lamp may appear to be working, performance will be compromised. Changing the UV lamp yearly prevents this issue.

Only use a VIQUA lamp in VIQUA UV systems. It may seem cheaper to use a non-VIQUA lamp, but it could end up causing issues. Using a non-VIQUA lamp could impact system performance, and it voids all system certifications, which impacts system warranty.

The Quartz Sleeve

The quartz sleeve protects the lamp from directly touching the water and transmits the UV light into the water. Over time, this sleeve can become fouled or cloudy from mineral deposits in the water.

If the sleeve is cloudy or fouled, it does not transmit the full UV dose into the water, and the system will not function effectively. Cleaning the sleeve is simple and requires the use of a mineral removal product such as CLR. Once the sleeve is thoroughly cleaned, it can be placed back into the system and is ready to do its job.

If the sleeve is extremely fouled or difficult to clean, consider replacing it. Sleeves can last a long time but must be transparent to properly transmit UV-C light from the lamp to the water. Replacing the sleeve is not difficult. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that lamps and sleeves are replaced properly.